Carl Wise’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning for the College of Charleston as the Cougars topped UNCW 7-4 in game five of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) baseball championship Thursday at Brooks Field.
The Cougars (39-17) advanced to the championship game of the winner’s bracket on Friday where they’ll face top-seeded William & Mary at noon. The Seahawks (29-26) will now have to battle out of the loser’s bracket when they take Delaware.
Wise had two hits, including his third homer of the season and finished with three runs batted in, all on the fifth inning round tripper. Also homering was Ben Boykin with a solo shot in the fourth.
Junior Corey Dick had three hits and knocked in three runs for the Seahawks, who built a 4-1 lead through four and a half innings. Dick launched his team-best sixth homer of the season with two out in the first inning.
Charleston struck for four runs in the fifth as it opened the inning with four consecutive hits, capped by Wise’s homer to right center with two runners on. It gave CofC a 5-4 lead it wouldn’t surrender.
CofC starter Taylor Clarke (10-3) struck out seven over seven innings for the win. Closer Michael Hanzlik recorded his CAA-leading 14th save by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Junior Jordan Ramsey (2-4) tied a season high with seven strikeouts, but was saddled with the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.
The Seahawks face Delaware in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Friday.